OK, when I start eating oatmeal for breakfast, I have accepted that it is winter.
Even though it is warmer than the usual, it's still winter.
Recently, someone that I used to know well, has fallen into the deep, dark well that is alcoholism.
When I heard about it, I reached out. I didn't expect that it would help, but I didn't know that it wouldn't, so I tried.
Doing so, brought a lot of memories roaring back at me. Memories of stressful, unhappy, dark times.
It also brought back a lot of feelings I had as I struggled to straighten my life out, with the help of AlAnon.
AlAnon didn't just help me in dealing with the alcoholic. It helped ME find ME.
My gratitude is eternal.
I learned a lot of things.
I learned that you create yourself by the choices you make.
I learned that you can choose happiness, and walk away from misery.
I learned that you can take your hands off what is not yours, and that the reward for doing that is great.
I learned that serenity is truly priceless, and that it is mine for the taking.
Mostly what I learned, can be summed up in a few pages from the Big Book, page 449 to the end of the chapter.
Saved my life.
I wanted to share it with you all.
Cause it can't hurt. E.v.e.r.